10 parenting strategies to reduce your kids’ pandemic stress

Tray Ling

Parents are dealing with huge demands on their time and energy. Children may not be attending school or involved in regular activities. As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on families, routines have collapsed, patience is wearing thin and self-care is a distant memory.

Decades of research have taught us that adversity during childhood has damaging effects on health and development. Many studies have shown that kids who have faced abuse, neglect and family conflict struggle forming friendships, have academic difficulties and face physical and mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood.

Fortunately, developmental scientists have identified ways to

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The new normal for those who lost family to COVID is no normal ever again

Tray Ling

Lauren Thomas was going to be married to Tim Branscomb; they had the venue picked out.  Now she can only wear the ring he gave her before he died of COVID at the age of 32.

At 53, Andy Phillips ran six days a week. It took 65 days, but the coronavirus killed him — taking a father and husband away from his wife Trish and four children. 

Craig Drezek was just 49 when he succumbed to the virus, stunning his five children and his wife Jamie, who will never be the same without him.

John Schoffstall died while his

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House GOP bill limits when locals can issue COVID-19 orders

Tray Ling

Michigan House Republicans want to strip specific pandemic powers away from the state and give it to local health departments, but a Free Press analysis shows the plan includes significant caveats that may make it difficult for local leaders to issue certain COVID-19 orders aimed at keeping students safe. 

A new bill filed this week would prohibit local health departments from issuing any order canceling in-person classes or sporting events unless infection, testing rates and other thresholds set by the Legislature were met. Lawmakers also would prevent those leaders from considering potentially egregious outbreaks at nursing homes, jails or other

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Fauci sees vaccination for kids by late spring or the summer

Tray Ling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s top infectious disease expert said Friday he hopes to see children being vaccinated starting in the next few months. It’s a needed step to securing widespread immunity to the coronavirus.

“Hopefully by the time we get to the late spring and early summer we will have children being able to be vaccinated,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during the White House coronavirus briefing.

Vaccines are not yet approved for children, and Fauci was looking ahead to a time they will be plentiful. Even older adults are having difficulty getting shots at the moment. As of Thursday,

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White House press secretary to hold briefing

Tray Ling

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — White House press secretary Jen Psaki held a press briefing with reporters at the White House Friday.

Psaki confirmed that Biden called on Russian President Vladmir Putin to release Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Navalny, who is Putin’s most prominent and determined foe, was detained after returning from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from poisoning by a nerve agent, which he blames on the Kremlin. Biden had his first call with Putin on Tuesday.

Psaki also confirmed that Robert Malley will be Biden’s special envoy for Iran. Malley was the lead negotiator

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